♣ Who’s Physician?
“After this He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed Him. And Levi made Him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance’” – Luke 5:27-32.
INCLINED TO THINK that the kind of individuals Jesus was referring to was the down and outs, the overt immoral, is a complete misunderstanding of the text and furthermore the reason as to why Jesus came. The most moral person under the conviction of the Holy Spirit will see their dire need of Christ. When the Holy Spirit opens our eyes, we see that everyone born subsequent to Adam’s fall needs the Physician of souls. We all must arrive at acknowledging our own soul sickness if we are to enter the kingdom of God – “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The only kind of people who have no need of spiritual reformation and transformation are those who believe they can stand in the presence of God without any fear of judgement; they are self-sufficient and self-confident, which is exactly where the Pharisee stands – in a grave state of condemnation. Only in Christ is our condemnation obliterated, but first we must see our own wretchedness before we encounter the peace and joy of being reconciled to God; we must first be brought to nought so that Christ may be all.
“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” – 1 Corinthians 15:22. We are all born into sin, death and condemnation and if we are all under the suzerainty of sin and death with the impending judgement of God over us, we desperately need a Saviour, Whose blood avails to make us new creatures in Christ. We are all sick, desperately sick and our natural disposition is at outright enmity with God; we are all weak and helpless and but for the redemption of Christ we remain hopeless, awaiting the Judgement we so justly deserve.
There is no distinction between Jew and Gentile, between the immoral and immoral – we have all failed to please and appease God. No one of us are better off than the other; we are all held equally guilty as much as the modern-day barbaric terrorist and are in as much need of the mercy and grace of God as the worst criminal we are likely to condemn to death. Only our self-righteousness will prevent us from seeing this.
Those who are well in their own eyes are the ones who are the sickest among us; the ones who think they see and know are the ones most blind and ignorant. Even those who think that humanity’s malady can be healed through psychology and argued away through philosophy are the most foolish of us all. How complex, how beyond our depths is the problem of man and who better to heal us from self-destruction than the Physician Who not only knows our symptoms but our cause? He doesn’t merely diagnose our condition; He heals us from all of our diseases and beyond Adam, to not only restoring us to our sinless state (guiltless before God), but lifting us to an even more glorious estate.
Posted on March 2, 2015, in ♣ Devotional and tagged devotional, Luke 5:27-32, Mark Anthony Williams, Physician of souls, poor in spirit, self-confident, self-sufficient, Who’s Physician?. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.